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Competition for Birmingham young people

Closing date 14th November

Imagine that Birmingham is a city where everyone is treated equally and we have stopped bullying for all. Create a piece of writing or a picture, which describes your vision of what our city would be like.

Writing (no more than 500 words)
short story
news article

Picture (max size A3)
drawing or painting

There are two age categories
under 11
11 and over

Please send entries via schools or other children’s & youth organisations.
Make sure that each entry is marked clearly with
• the young person’s name and age.
• the name, address, tel no. of the school/group and
• name and email address of staff contact person from your school/group

A selection of entries will be displayed at the Midlands Arts Centre Birmingham, during Anti-bullying Week on Friday 21st November, when winners will be presented with their award. There will be one winner for each age category. The judges decision is final.

Send entries to:

Anti-bullying Competition 2014
Amanda Daniels
Inclusion Support Education Centre
Perry Common Road
B23 7AT

Anti-bullying event for teachers and school leaders at mac Birmingham

Friday 21st November
12.30pm – 5pm includes lunch and refreshments

Birmingham’s Bullying Reduction Action Group (BRAG) and SAMPAD South Asian Arts invite teachers and school leaders to this event, which is focused on actions to prevent bullying of ALL children and young people in Birmingham, including those with special needs and disabilities.

Keynote speakers:
Mark Rogers Chief Executive, Birmingham City Council
Peter Hay Strategic Director for People, Birmingham City Council
Prof Mick Waters University of Wolverhampton
Martha Evans Senior Programme Lead, SEND and Inclusion, Anti-bullying Alliance

Book online here: http://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/anti-bullying-event-2014-teachers/

Birmingham Anti-bullying week Challenges

Birmingham United - schools communities, everyone
Let’s stop bullying for all in Birmingham!

1. Make a big banner for your school or youth or community group, including the words “Let’s stop bullying for all in Birmingham” add #stopbullyinginbrum

2. Design a poster including the words .......“Let’s stop bullying for all in Birmingham” and add #stopbullyinginbrum

3. Make a short Video Clip - max one minute long - with the message “Let’s stop bullying for all in Birmingham” and #stopbullyinginbrum. To inspire you, look at the ABA Video Clip: Let’s stop bullying for all

4. Post a photograph of yourself, your class, friends or family with a sign/saying “Let’s stop bullying in Birmingham” and #stopbullyinginBrum

5. Sign the Birmingham Pledge: Let’s Stop Bullying for All. We are proud of Birmingham's great diversity and want our city to be a place where everyone is welcome and can play a positive and active part.
We believe that all children, young people and adults have the right to learn and work in an environment where they feel safe and that is free from harassment and bullying.

We believe that bullying for any reason is unacceptable and we pledge to tackle all types of bullying, including bullying on account of people's race, creed, colour, sexual orientation or special needs and disability.

We will work individually and together in our schools, communities and businesses to reduce bullying of all children and young people in our city and keep them safe online.

and/or download our Birmingham version of the Pledge and get people in your school or group to sign it

and/or create your own pledge for your school/class/group. Get ideas from the lesson plans and resources from Beatbullying.

8. Sign up to the ABA “Let’s stop bullying for all” charter- with 10 principles for tackling bullying for all, including people with special needs and disabilities. Access the charter here.

and/or download our Birmingham version of the Charter, and get people in your school or group to sign it

and/or create your own school/class/group charter. Get ideas from the lesson plans and resources from Beatbullying.

9. Post the Anti-bullying Alliance Definition of Bullying on your website - or via twitter. ABA - What is bullying?.

10. Primary Schools: Read “It’s OK to be Different” by Todd Parr. Think of ways in which it’s “OK to be different”. Design your own page for the book and add your own words “It’s OK to……..” Post your pic on social media.

11. Teachers: Try one (or more!) of the ABA Class Activities in your school. There are powerpoint presentations, lesson plans and other resources here.

12. Adults: Be role models of non-bullying behaviour for your own children and the children in your schools and communities. Treat everyone with respect and dignity.

13. Adults: Challenge nasty and bullying language including homophobic, racist and disablist language. Encourage positive inclusive language. Use of language: special educational needs, disabilities and bullying.

14. Parents, Communities and Businesses - support Birmingham children, schools, youth and community groups in these anti-bullying week activities. With a little adapting, all these challenges can be done as an individual, with family and friends or in your local community or business. Please join us.

15. Everyone. During Anti-bullying Week, we are launching a new Birmingham Besafe website about internet safety, with information for professionals about how to help keep children safe online. There’ll be lots of information about keeping safe from cyber-bullying as well as other forms of internet abuse.

16. Everyone! This year, please use the internet and social media to promote these positive messages across our city “Let’s stop bullying for all in Birmingham” and “In Birmingham, it’s OK to be different”

Preventing and Tackling Cyber-bullying

How to tackle Cyber-bullying: A Guide for Parents and Carers
This leaflet has been produced by Birmingham’s Bullying Reduction Action Group (BRAG) and parents from Nechells Pod and launched at the Nechells Olympics in June 2012

Read their blog post.

A copy of the leaflet can be downloaded below.